Vote-counting begins in Kenya

  • Votes are being counted in Kenya following Monday’s elections.

    Polls were due to close at 5pm local time but officials allowed those waiting in queues at that time to vote.

    With more than 10 percent of the votes counted, the two presidential front-runners were well ahead of the other six candidates.

    The partial preliminary results gave Uhuru Kenyatta a lead over Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

    Observers have described the elections as the most important in the east African nation’s history.

    Kenyatta is set to face trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) next month in connection with the bloodshed that followed the disputed 2007 polls. He has denied being behind the attacks.

    According to election officials, turnout rates sat at 70 percent, greater than in 2007.

    Kenyans are voting to elect a president, members of parliament and senators, county governors and members of 47 county assemblies.

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